International Guest Society "Deutschsprachige Lander" 

Honoring Austria, Germany, and Switzerland

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) welcomes members of the Austrian Society for Surgery of the Hand, German Society for Hand Surgery, and Swiss Society of Hand Surgery to attend and participate in the scientific program of the 74th Annual Meeting of the ASSH as our honored guests. The ASSH Annual Meeting will take place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA over 5 September – 7 September 2019.  The program includes special keynote lectures, symposia, paper presentations, poster presentations, case discussions, instructional courses, hands-on lab sessions, industry forums and product demonstrations, and more!

Guest Society Benefits

  • Reduced meeting registration rate of $550 USD.
  • Free 1-year subscription to Hand-e, ASSH’s online learning portal.
  • 2020 International Membership application discount including $0 application fee and 50% off 1st-year dues.
  • Dedicated Guest Society poster section.
  • Guest Society welcome breakfast at start of the meeting.
  • Access to the “VIP” Lounge throughout the meeting for complimentary drinks, snacks, and a quiet place to relax.
  • Invitation to moderate scientific sessions.
  • Free ticket to ASSH Welcome Reception on Thursday, September 5.

Guest Society Scientific Posters

As a part of our International Guest Hand Society program the ASSH will feature a special interactive poster section online highlighting scientific contributions from Austrian, German and Swiss authors.   The deadline to apply is March 4, 2019.

Guest Society Ambassador Program

On Thursday, 5 September, the ASSH will host a Guest Society Ambassador breakfast from 8:00 - 9:00 AM.  All attendees from Austria, Germany and Switzerland are encouraged to RSVP to attend and be matched with an ASSH ambassador. 

Ambassadors will help make introductions be available to answer questions about the ASSH and offer a friendly hand to help guest society attendees navigate the Annual Meeting. To RSVP to attend or to sign up as an ambassador please contact [email protected].

ASSH Welcome Event at Brooklyn Bowl (International Reception)*

All international attendees are invited to the ASSH welcome event at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, September 5, 2019.  All registered, international attendees will receive one ticket, included with registration (until event sells out).  Additional tickets for guests will be available for purchase.  Tickets are limited so please register early to reserve your space!

"VIP" Lounge

The "Very Important Person" VIP Lounge offers a quiet gathering place for International Attendees and major AFSH donors.  The lounge will be open Wednesday at 6:00 AM and will close on Saturday at 2:00 PM PMand will feature morning and afternoon refreshments along with internet enabled computer workstations with printers. Note: The lounge is by invitation-only to qualified AFSH donors and international attendees. Spouses and families are not permitted.  

Hand-e Subscription

All hand care professionals from Austria, Germany or Switzerland may request a complimentary subscription to Hand-e for immediate use, through December 31, 2019 (valued at $299 USD).  Submit your request by emailing your contact information, including mailing address to [email protected] with "Free Guest Society Hand-e Subscription" in the subject line.

International Membership Invitation

Members of the Austrian Society for Surgery of the Hand, German Society for Hand Surgery, or Swiss Society of Hand Surgery are invited to apply for 2020 International Membership.  Your membership application fee will be waived ($0 USD) and your first year membership dues will be discounted by 50%.  A total saving of $375 USD!  The 2020 International Membership application will be available in August 2019.

Registration & U.S. Travel Requirements

Attendees from Austria, Germany or Switzerland are eligible for a registration discount of $550 USD which will automatically be applied at registration.  For questions or assistance email [email protected].

International Bring a Young Surgeon Program

The ASSH is excited to continue its popular International Bring a Young Surgeon program.  Learn how you can sponsor a trainee for a free registration to attend the Annual Meeting!


Guest Society Past Honorees include:

YEAR    COUNTRY   SOCIETY
 2018 Italy

Italian Society for Surgery of the Hand
Visit the 2018 iPoster Site.

 2017 Canada Canadian Society for Surgery of the Hand
Visit the 2017 i-Poster Site
 2016 Japan Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand
Download 2016 IGHS Poster Abstract Book
 2015 Spain Spanish Society for Surgery of the Hand
Visit the 2015 e-Poster Site
2014 Brazil Brazilian Society for Surgery of the Hand 
2013 Australia   Australian Hand Surgery Society
Download 2013 IGHS Poster Abstract Book
2012 Korea Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand
2011 U.K. British Society for Surgery of the Hand
2010 Sweden Swedish Society for Surgery of the Hand
2009 China Chinese Hand Surgery Society
2008 France Societe Francaise de Chirugie de la Main
2007 Japan Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand